By Mark Singer
The 78-year drought is finally over. Northwestern made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history Sunday, and Twitter users were fairly excited about it.
As if nearly eight decades of waiting wasn’t enough, the Wildcats had to sit idly as the CBS selection show crew went through the East, Midwest and South regions without calling Northwestern’s name.
— Northwestern Athletics (@NU_Sports) March 12, 2017
Haven't Northwestern fans waited long enough? Now a whole selection special, too?!!
— Sarah Spain (@SarahSpain) March 12, 2017
I was wondering why CBS was zig-zagging which regions they showed. Now we know. They're trying to terrify Northwestern fans.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 12, 2017
At 6:03 p.m. ET, the wait finally came to an end when CBS showed Northwestern as the No. 8 seed in the West region, sparking celebrations at the team’s watch party inside Welsh-Ryan Arena and beyond.
— March Madness TV (@MarchMadnessTV) March 12, 2017
— Josh Frydman (@Josh_Frydman) March 12, 2017
— Nathan Taphorn (@NU_nate32) March 12, 2017
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) March 12, 2017
Finally! Congrats to @NUMensBball!!!
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) March 12, 2017
— StacyGSGreenberg (@StacyGSG) March 12, 2017
— Rachel Frazin (@RachelFrazin) March 12, 2017
I get the jokes about Northwestern ppl since we're so annoying but I've wanted this for so long and it finally happened and it feels so good
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) March 12, 2017
Feels pretty cool, doesn't it @NUMensBball fans?
(Photos: @usatsimg) pic.twitter.com/Ttv0D2tvVb
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) March 12, 2017
— Northwestern (@NorthwesternU) March 12, 2017
Collins: “This is not the end game. To me this is the BEGINNING of Northwestern basketball.”
— Teddy Greenstein (@TeddyGreenstein) March 12, 2017
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 12, 2017
The Wildcats will play No. 9 seed Vanderbilt on Thursday in Salt Lake City.